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Music Director Position

       The successful candidate will have:

  • An advanced degree in music

  • Experience with and demonstrated success in classical choral group conducting

  • Ability to improve the singing capabilities of the Chorale as a whole over time

  • Ability to create musical programs that Chorale members are excited to sing and audiences are eager to hear, while working effectively within our budget

  • Good communication/chemistry with the Chorale’s board and membership

  • The contacts and resources to provide accomplished outside soloists and instrumentalists for the choral performances and Music With A View (WMAV)

       

       

       Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Select music for the pring and fall seasons with input from the TC Board

  • Conduct rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at our venue in Yorktown, NY—or arrange, on rare occasions, for capable stand-ins

  • Conduct the TC in two concerts, two performances of each—Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon—in late Fall and the other in the Spring.

  • Arrange for soloists and instrumentalists needed for each performance

  • Arrange for performers for the annual MWAV event (Ability to perform personally is a plus.)

     

Description

The Taghkanic Chorale—now in its 51st year—is a 40+ member, avocational chorus based in Westchester County, New York, 40 miles north of New York City. The Chorale is seeking a new Music Director to assume leadership from Steven Fox who, after serving admirably as maestro for over a decade, is taking up the music directorship of the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, in October, 2018. Over the years, many Taghkanic Chorale maestros have distinguished musical careers and achievements beyond their affiliation with us.

The Chorale performs two programs a year, in Spring and Fall, two concerts each. We rehearse every Tuesday evening in Yorktown Heights, NY, and perform in church venues across Westchester. In addition we host an annual fundraising event called Music With A View—a vocal recital featuring professional singers with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, held at beautiful venues in the lower Hudson Valley.

Our repertoire ranges across works of classical composers such as Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Handel, Fauré, Rossini, and Rachmaninoff, as well as more contemporary music by Britten, Tavener, and Pärt—occasionally seasoned with early motets and American spirituals.

The Chorale is a 501c3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.

 

Interested candidates:
Contact Search Committee chairperson, Jim Smith, at amarcord@optonline.net

March 1, 2018 Deadline for Submissions